Men’s Basketball Edged on the Road at Dowling, 76-72

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OAKDALE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men's basketball team held a six-point lead midway through the second half, but the host Dowling College pushed ahead in the waning minutes, as the Warriors dropped a 76-72 decision on Sunday afternoon at Dowling Gymansium.

The Basics
Dowling 76, Merrimack 72
Records: Merrimack (6-7, 4-4) | Dowling (11-1, 5-0)
Location: Dowling Gymnasium | Oakdale, N.Y.

How It Happened

Sophomore forward Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) registered his fifth double-double of the season as he tallied 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Gelvis Solano (New York, N.Y.) recorded a team-high 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while fellow starter JT Strickland (Laurel, Md.) chipped in with 11 points and a team-high seven assists.

Four minutes into the first half, Dowling was able to take a 15-4 lead over the Warriors. After back-to-back baskets from senior Kevin Regan (Philadelphia, Pa.) and sophomore Troy Hammel (Valencia, Calif.), Merrimack was able to cut the Golden Lions lead to seven (26-19) with 9:13 left to play in the half.

As the clock was coming up the five minute mark, Merrimack was able to cut the deficit to one (26-25) after a made layup from sophomore Marcus Swedberg (Moultonborough, N.H.). Both teams continued to exchange baskets forcing Merrimack to take a timeout to regroup with 4:16 left to play.

After coming out of the timeout, Merrimack was able to tie Dowling 33-all with 2:13 on the clock. However, Dowling ended the half on a 7-1 run bringing the score to 40-34 heading into halftime.

Merrimack led the rebounding battle by a 20-19 edge in the first half. Regan collected a team-high five rebounds, while Swedberg and Hammel each tallied three rebounds.

Merrimack and Dowling opened the second half exchanging baskets, until Merrimack managed to go on an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 43-42 with 14:59 left in regulation. The Navy and Gold continued to outscore the Golden Lions, 13-4, forcing the home team to take a timeout.

Midway through the second, Dowling managed to cut the Warriors lead to one (56-55), before back-to-back baskets from Regan extended the Warriors lead to three (58-55). With the clock winding down, Dowling's Leon Taylor hit a huge 3-pointer to give the home team its first lead in the half at 63-62 with 3:44 left to play.

Both teams exchanged leads over the next couple of minutes, until Dowling was able to extend its lead to six after two made free throws from Corwin Austin with 56 seconds left to play. With just four seconds left, Merrimack cut Dowling's lead to two (74-72) after a made layup from Hammel.

The Golden Lions sank two shots from the charity stripe in the last few seconds of the contest to hang on for the win.

Three Dowling players finished in double figures as Darien Davis finished with a team-best 30 points and four steals, while Corwin Austin posted a double-double, 10 rebounds and 16 points. Also, Leon Taylor finished with 20 points and two assists.  

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack finished with a field goal percentage of 43.3 percent after shooting 45.5 percent in the second half. Dowling concluded the game shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.
  • Dowling registered 25 points off of Merrimack's 19 turnovers.
  • The Warriors won the rebounding battle, 46-30, and posted 18 bench points.
  • The Golden Lions went 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from deep while Merrimack went 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from long range.  

What They Said

"We played will in stretches this afternoon but weren't able to come away with a win," said head coach Bert Hammel. "We need to do a better job controlling the ball and working our offense a little bit more."

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 8 when they travel to Pleasantville, N.Y. to take on Pace University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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